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Thursday, June 25, 2015
You know things are going well when the Governor walks into your event unexpectedly. That happened last night, when Gov. Jerry Brown stopped by the Matsui Center reception for our summer Fellows and posed for a picture with the students. The presence of one of Berkeley’s most famous alumni was just one of several great...
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Thursday, June 18, 2015
Changing Proposition 13, the landmark, tax-cutting ballot initiative that California voters approved in 1978, is the goal of a constitutional amendment aimed at next year’s ballot.
back room politics
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
IGS Resident Scholar Thomas Mann, writing with columnist E.J. Dionne, Jr., has published a new paper arguing that those who are being labeled “political realists” in fact have a romantic view of politics and are fundamentally mistaken in their diagnosis of what ails American democracy. The paper, which is available on the...
Dashell Carlisle Lenz
Monday, June 15, 2015
Congratulations to Professor Gabe Lenz and his wife Erika Carlisle on the birth of their son Dashell on Sunday, June 14!
Merv Field
Monday, June 8, 2015
Merv Field, the legendary pollster with many ties to IGS, passed away Monday at the age of 94. Field, the founder and namesake of the Field Poll , received the Institute’s Darius and Sarah Anderson Distinguished Service Award in 2012 for "advancing the spirit of good government and improving the quality of public affairs...
Lord Patten of Barnes
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
In the inaugural R. Kirk Underhill lecture earlier this month, Lord Patten of Barnes addressed the state of the US-UK relationship and what this relationship means for the world. A video recording of Lord Patten's address is now available, as well as an audio recording of Lord Patten's KQED-Forum interview .
Cathleen Decker, National Politics Editor at the Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
On Monday, April 27th, 2015, the Institute of Governmental Studies held its annual Review of the Presidency at Banatao Auditorium, evaluating how President Obama has been performing in his second term and predicting his prospects for the next two years. This year’s annual Review of the Presidency featured experts Cathleen...
Linda Yeung
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
We are proud to welcome Linda Yeung to the IGS National Advisory Council . Yeung currently serves as the Director of People, Performance and Development at the San Francisco International Airport. Yeung's government, private and nonprofit experience includes Deputy City Administrator for the City and County of San...
John Abizaid
Monday, April 27, 2015
In a wide-ranging talk at IGS on April 9, retired U.S. Army General John Abizaid discussed the U.S. role in the continuing conflicts in the Middle East, as well as other areas of concern in current U.S. foreign relations, including China and Russia. Abizaid, who served in the United States Army for 34 years and was the...
Wendy Davis
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
On March 4th, the Matsui Center hosted former Texas State Senator and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis at the Banatao Auditorium on the University of California, Berkeley. Senator Davis first spoke to a sold-out audience about the pressing issue of gender equality, and then later sat down with Professor Laura...

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